Cultural historian Richard Pells is the author of "War Babies: The Generation That Changed America," which examines the lives and careers of Americans born between 1939 and 1945. Pell's work -- this is his fifth book -- primarily dissects 20th century American culture: movies, radio, television, art, music, literature, and the theater.
In "War Babies," Richard Pells contends that the War Babies generation initiated most of the social and cultural innovation for which the Boomers have been given credit.He deals with the impact of musicians and composers like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Simon and Garfunkel; with film directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese; with actors like Al Pacino and Robert De Niro; with athlete/activists like Muhammad Ali; with journalists like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein; and with politicians like John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi.
Richard Pells was previously our guest on Rag Radio on May 20, 2011 (https://archive.org/details/RagRadio2011-05-20).
Richard Pells, who is Professor of History Emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin, received his B.A. from Rutgers University in 1963 and his Ph.D. in history from Harvard in 1969. Subsequently, he was awarded fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as six Fulbright chairs and lectureships for teaching abroad.
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